I have been working on this garden up near Aviemore for a number of years and sometimes a fair bit of time passes between visits. The last time I was there a wonderful surprise awaited me. The planting we had done with the help of Binny Plants and the local gardener, Buckie, had literally taken off. To say the least, the borders are now brimful of plants. Textures and foliage, splashes of colour, form and lushness abound.
The house overlooks the Boat of Garten steam railway and from time to time an engine will puff its way along the line. Breath-taking views and fresh highland air make this a magical place to relax and unwind. The design I created for the garden in 2011 included a spacious deck with fire pit, outdoor kitchen and built-in barbecue area, a traditional summerhouse to match the Victorian house itself, a pergola clad with honeysuckle in the ‘bothy’ garden, a basketweave rebar bird bath planted with lilies created by Ratho Byres Forge, steps and paths leading to a large lawn area and abundant borders filled with hostas, ferns, Persicaria bistorta, Alchemilla mollis, and Geranium White Ness.
More recently Buckie has been busy renewing paths through a woodland area and a children’s climbing frame has been constructed by Kevin Clark in the style of a pirate ship for the owners’ grandchildren.
Photos by Robin Torrie